A QUICKSILVER HEART
Released from the grip of a tyrant, the Twelve Kingdoms have thrown all that touch them into chaos. As the borders open, new enemies emerge to vie for their hard-won power—and old deceptions crumble under the strain…
The most talented shapeshifter of her generation, Zynda has one love in her life: freedom. The open air above her, the water before her, the sun on her skin or wings or fur—their sensual glories more than make up for her loneliness. She serves the High Queen’s company well, but she can’t trust her allies with her secrets, or the secrets of her people. Best that she should keep her distance, alone.
Except wherever she escapes, Marskal, the Queen’s quiet lieutenant, seems to find her. Solid, stubborn, and disciplined, he’s no more fluid than rock. Yet he knows what she likes, what thrills and unnerves her, when she’s hiding something. His lithe warrior’s body promises pleasure she has gone too long without. But no matter how careful, how tender, how incendiary he is, only Zynda can know the sacrifice she must make for her people’s future—and the time is drawing near…
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this series! Each book is as good as the previous one yet with wholly unique characters and tensions and plot. The basic premise of this one (third in The Uncharted Realms series, which is a spinoff of the Twelve Kingdoms series) is a bodyguard romance at its heart, with Marksal, Queen's Ursula's lieutenant tasked with keeping shapeshifter Zynda under his protection. Zynda believes she is destined to take her final form as a dragon to save her people, which means there is no room for a relationship when she will no longer be able to shift back to human form. Marskal doesn't care - he's fallen for the courageous, stubborn, beautiful shapeshifter and will do whatever it takes to keep her in his life. Eventually Zynda can't resist having a relationship with Marskal even as she tries to convince herself, and him, that it can't last. Zynda undergoes many challenges in this story and I wasn't sure how it could possibly have a happy ending, but it does and it's supremely satisfying. The worldbuilding is excellent and completely engrossing, making the story hard to put down.If you love fantasy romances, you should definitely have this story and all the preceding ones on your to-read list!
Only mad that it ended!LoL